Here in Tampa, everyone has been pretty excited about one thing – Lightning hockey. The team made it to the Stanley Cup, but ended up coming up short in the 6th game. Tampa did an amazing job hosting such an event, especially at Amalie Arena. If you were there for any of the games, you probably saw a distinguishable food truck – Give & Grub!
The Laser Spine Institute partnered with the Tampa Bay Lighting, Metropolitan Ministries, and Feeding American Tampa Bay to create the Give & Grub food truck. Their goal is to “Stick it To Hunger” by giving one meal to underprivileged children in the Tampa Bay area for every meal the truck sells. Currently, the truck has sold over 75,000 meals – all of which had a meal donated into the Tampa community. I really believe this is a great initiative and something for the city to be proud of. A local company is partnering with a local sports team and local charities to make a difference in the local community. Pretty amazing, right?
When I was asked to come give a few meals at the truck a try, I couldn’t resist. I work down the street from The Laser Spine Institute, where the truck is every Thursday, so it was very simple to get to. Even better, Meghann and I work in the same building, so we made a lunch date out of it! Heyyyyy Baby R!
We each were able to try 3 different items, which was way tougher than I expected! There are so many tasty items to choose from, all named after Lightning players. Each entree is $9, which for gourmet food, is very reasonable.
I ended up with the Chicken Parmkos sandwich, the Bishop bowl, and the Cooper’s candied burger. I opted to eat the burger all at once for my actual lunch, and I am so glad I did! It was absolutely delish and I was surprised at the portion size – it was very generous, as were all of the entrees. The sweet potato fries were really yummy and I loved the pumpernickel bread the burger came on. It spruced up the burger with such a minimal change from the norm.
I was sure to taste the other entrees as well, but did end up taking them home for dinner. I just couldn’t have a few bites of each and be done with it. I had to make sure I ate each one, and was able to really enjoy it. The Chicken Parmkos sandwich was incredible. I wouldn’t normally order chicken parmesan, but I am so glad I did. The flavor was great and the sandwich was HUGE!
Last but not least, the Bishop bowl was good, but it wasn’t my favorite. The shrimp was yummy, but the rice itself was somewhat unimpressive. This entree did have a tofu option though, so for vegetarians, this would be a good choice.
If you aren’t close to Laser Spine’s headquarters or aren’t able to make any of the Give & Grub food truck’s scheduled stops, you can actually request the truck to come to your place of business. It’s a pretty easy way to get an awesome lunch, and to help feed hungry kids in Tampa Bay.
Another really important note I want to mention is you can participate without having to actually purchase a meal. Just tweet out the #giveandgrub hastag, and a meal will be donated. It’s that easy!